Books for Kids this Holiday Season

Olivia Helps with Christmas

Author/Illustrator: Ian Falconer

From the publisher: Everyone's favorite Caldecott honor-winning porcine and #1 Kris Cringle enthusiast is helping to make the season brighter than ever. Christmas is coming, and Olivia is incredibly busy. She has to wait for Santa, make sure dad sets up the tree, wait for Santa, watch mom make the Christmas dinner, wait for Santa, oversee the care with which the stockings are hung and, of course, OPEN HER PRESENTS! Do you see how hard it is to be so helpful during the holidays? Ages 3 to 7.

If You Take A Mouse to the Movies

Author: Laura Numeroff; Illustrator: Felicia Bond

From the publisher: The famous little mouse from the children's classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is back in another irresistible tale full of holiday antics. This time, if you take him to the movies, he'll ask you for some popcorn. If you give him the popcorn, he'll want to string it all together. Then he'll want to hang it on a Christmas tree. Ages 3 to 7.

The Snowy Day

Author/Illustrator: Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day"One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see." Incomparable watercolor and collage illustrations and simple, perfectly-written text portray a young child enjoying a big snowfall. The Snowy Day was the first full-color picture book to feature an African American main character, and it was one of the first picture books to depict an African American in ordinary, everyday life. But even without these special distinctions, it is a book to be treasured. Winner of the Caldecott Medal.

Madeline's Christmas

Author/Illustrator: Ludwig Bemelmans

Madeline's ChristmasFrom the publisher: It's the night before Christmas and everyone is sick in bed. All except brave Madeline, who is up and about and feeling just fine. Taking care of eleven little girls and Miss Clavel is hard work, but Madeline finds help from a magical merchant peddling flying carpets door-to-door. Now the girls are going on a Christmas journey that will surely make them forget their sniffles and sneezes. Ages 3 to 7.

The Complete Adventures of Curious George

Authors/Illustrators: H.A. Rey and Margret Rey

The Complete Adventures of Curious GeorgeFrom the publisher: "This is George. He lived in Africa. he was a good little monkey, and always very curious." With these words, H.A. and Margret Rey introduced the world to Curious George, and the world has loved him ever since. The tales of this cheerful and resilent little heror have kept generations of readers enthralled and entertained. This lavish 70th Anniversary edition includes an introduction by Leonard S. Marcus, Publisher's Perspective by Anita Silvey, retrospective essay by Dee Jones with photographic album of Margaret and H. A. Rey, and the seven original tales of Curious George: Curious George, Curious George Gets a Medal, Curious George Flies a Kite, Curious George Rides a Bike, Curious George Goes to the Hospital, Curious George Takes a Job, and Curious George Learns the Alphabet. This volume also includes two audio CDs with recordings of the seven stories--more than one hour of storytelling! Ages 5 to 9.

In the Night Kitchen

Author/Illustrator: Maurice Sendak

In the Night KitchenMikey hears racket in the night, falls past the moon and into the night kitchen where he builds an airplane out of dough and flies to the Milky Way to get milk for the cake. Sendak's incomparable doughy illustrations and rhythmic text will have inspired generations of kids to march around their kitchens chanting: "Milk in the batter! Milk in the batter! We bake cake! And nothing's the matter!" A Caldecott Honor book.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?Author: Bill Martin, Jr.; Illustrator: Eric Carle

Countless toddlers have chanted along with Martin's rhythmic, repetitive text. ("Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?" "I see a redbird looking at me." "Redbird, redbird, What do you see?") Carle's trademark paper collage illustrations in bold colors have made Brown Bear a favorite for over forty years.